Julian is jealous in new ‘The Dark Artifices’ snippet

Art by Cassandra Jean

Ask and you shall receive (at least this time). A fan and Jemma shipper asked Cassandra Clare for a Julian and Emma snippet and Cassie was kind enough to oblige:

“I know things haven’t been exactly right between us since I got back from England,” he said. “And I don’t know if it’s because I’m a little jealous of Cristina, or a lot jealous of —“

“JULIAN,” Emma said.

Cassie also noted that “it’s not much but i shouldn’t encourage the idea of asking for snippets, i was in the mood though!.

In another recent tumblr post, Cassie talked about the release date for Lady Midnight:

Late 2015/early 2016 is my guess. We are leaving room because we don’t want to end up with a crunch situation like we did with the end of Heavenly Fire. It almost killed like six people at my publisher, as well as me.

Fingers crossed for a late 2015 release date and no almost casualties! We want everyone to be healthy!

What do you think of the new snippet and who do you ship in The Dark Artifices? Sound off in the comments!

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Cassandra Clare shares a guide to ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’

We sure are having a busy week in our Shadowhunter fandom! Cassandra Clare just took to her tumblr to share summaries for all of the 10 Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy ebooks and also answered two questions regarding ‘TSA':

Cat was kind enough to give me the heads up that pages to buy the first seven novellas of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, along with summaries, have been posted on Amazon. So here I give you the masterlist, 1-10, with short summaries.

About Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy.

Simon Lewis never thought he’d become a Shadowhunter…and now he has the chance. Ten novellas, each released as an individual e-book over the course of ten months, make up Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. The series will launch with one story a month beginning in February 2015 with:

Story 1: Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy.
After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy.

2) The Lost Herondale: Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?

3) The Whitechapel Fiend

Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale, his former parabatai, and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters.

4) Nothing But Shadows: Simon challenges the setup of the Shadowhunter Academy and in doing so learns the story of James Herondale and Matthew Fairchild and the unusual way that they became friends and parabatai.

5) The Evil We Love : The story of Valentine’s Circle at the Shadowhunter Academy.

6) Pale Kings and Princes : Simon has an encounter with Downworlders and is reprimanded for not following the rules for Academy students interacting with Downworlders. A story within a story: Andrew Blackthorn, while a student at the Academy, becomes enthralled by a faerie and has two children with her: Mark and Helen.

7) Bitter of Tongue : When faeries kidnap Simon he encounters a member of the Wild Hunt, the former Shadowhunter Mark Blackthorn.

8) The Fiery Trial : Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly …

9) Born to Endless Night:  Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home… temporarily, of course… to his man!

10) Angels Twice Descending: Someone lives and someone dies at Simon’s Ascension ceremony.

Cassie, by the Angel! How is Tobias Herondale related to Edmund who was born in the 1830s? Will we find out in The Last Herondale or do we have to wait until The Wicked Powers? Please picture Loki’s “Tell me” gif here. I am so, so excited for more Simon and more Herondales! Just because Tobias was worse than Stephen doesn’t mean that future (maybe same generation as Jace) Herondales are! — catreadsbooks

Well, Tobias could have been maligned! Who can say? Herondales, they’re either awesome or awesomely terrible. All I can tell you is that you will find out who the Lost Herondale is before The Wicked Powers.

cottoncandybeefalo said: Hi Cassie! Do you know if The Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy will be out in print edition like The Bane Chronicles?

Yes, it will.

;) We’re super excited about Shadowhunter Academy and we hope you are too!

I think it’s safe to say that we’re also super excited and cannot wait for Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy!

Which installmemt are you looking forward to most? Sound off in the comments while I’m off to fangirl that Cassie mentioned yours truly in her post :-D

EW reveals release dates for ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’

Back in August Cassandra Clare revealed the 10 titles of her short story series Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy which she will be co-writing with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly we now have the release dates for each installment and a lovely placeholder for the very first ebook.

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Feb. 17 [2015]
Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

March 17
The Lost Herondale
Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

April 21
The Whitechapel Fiend
Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson

May 19
Nothing but Shadows
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

June 16
The Evil We Love
Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

July 21
Pale Kings and Princes
Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Aug. 18
Bitter of Tongue
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Sept. 15
The Fiery Trial
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Oct. 20
Born to Endless Night
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Nov. 17
Angels Twice Descending
Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Cassandra Clare told Entertainment Weekly:

Wrapping up the Mortal Instruments series was a hugely emotional time for me. It was so hard to let the characters go, but I felt I’d left them in good places. All except Simon—his ending was unconventional and open for more story. I knew I wanted him to go through the training process to become a Shadowhunter, something we haven’t really seen

But there wasn’t room for that in The Dark Artifices, the next books, because it’s a book of its own. I wound up discussing it with Maureen and Sarah, and we really missed doing The Bane Chronicles together and thought this would be a perfect second project for us since we all love Simon. Maureen actually loves him the most. We brought our friend Robin Wasserman on board as well since she’s such an amazing writer. The stories will follow Simon, but also flip back and forth in time so you can expect to see Jace and Clary, Will and Jem, Tessa, and Emma—characters old and new!

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy will first get published as ebooks before it’ll be released as a print edition and EW will reveal the covers before each release date.

Sarah Rees Brennan actually shared that Maureen Johnson will co-write more than one ebook; the ladies are still allotting the stories.

While we are all waiting for Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy we can read The Bane Chronicles, out on November 11, and re-read The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Shadowhunter’s Codex ;-)

Which ebook are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!

‘The Mortal Instruments’ TV series update

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Thanks to our friend Nadine at TMI Germany we have Martin Moszkowicz’ interview with the German newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” where he talks about The Mortal Instruments being turned into a TV series.

What we already knew from The Hollywood Reporter:

  • Ed Decter is the showrunner
  • the series is currently under development and will begin production next year
  • no broadcast partners are yet attached

What’s new:

  • Constantin Film aims to spend 2.5 to 5 million Euros per episode ($3,000,000 to 6,300,000), which would probably also apply to The Mortal Instruments
  • Ed Decter is the main author for the first (!) season
  • Martin thinks that Amazon could be interested in the TV series. The episodes and books could be on the same page so that you could buy them with one simple click

This morning (German time) Martin also tweeted:

Like we’ve already said yesterday, it seems unlikely that our old cast will return :-(

What are your thoughts about the TV series? Sound off in the comments!

Celebrate the release of ‘The Bane Chronicles’ with Walker Books!

We’re less than a month away from the release of The Bane Chronicles (the print edition) and Cassandra Clare’s English publisher Walker Books came up with a really cool idea to celebrate this release!

They announced a Magnus Bane Quote Vote but look at the invitation yourself:

Let’s get ready to party, Shadowhunters, but remember not to consume any blue beverages ;-)

The Bane Chronicles will be released on November 11!

Martin Moszkowicz teases ‘good and big news’

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We haven’t had any movie news in months, but now it looks like we will finally have some answers to our questions!

Martin Moszkowicz, the executive producer of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Chairman of Constantin Film, has teased The Mortal Instruments fans with two short but awesome tweets:

Süddeutsche Zeitung is a big German newspaper and as soon as their article is online, we’ll translate it for you and hopefully celebrate the good news!

What do you think will the news be and are you as excited as the TMI Source team? Sound off in the comments!

UPDATE: ‘The Mortal Instruments’ returning as a TV series

Emma and Julian argue in new ‘The Dark Artifices’ snippet

Art by Cassandra Jean

Cassandra Clare’s new Shadowhunter trilogy The Dark Artifices doesn’t have an official release date yet and Cassie certainly knows how to make us even more impatient for Lady Midnight with this new snippet:

“Emma —“

“I’m calling.” Emma lunged for her phone.

“No!” Julian said, forcefully enough to stop her. “You know we can’t tell anyone. About Mark —“

“You’re not going to bleed to death in a car for Mark!”

“No,” he said, looking at her. His eyes were eerily green-blue, the only bright color in the dark interior of the car. “You’re going to fix me.”

Cassie also cautioned her readers about the snippets: “remember nothing is set in stone till publication

What do you think happened to Julian and how is Emma going to fix him? Sound off in the comments.

Click here if you’ve missed the news about the updated The Dark Artifices synopsis.

Read an updated synopsis for ‘The Dark Artifices’

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The Mortal Instruments series is unfortunately over, but we still have The Dark Artifices to look forward to! To make everyone even more excited and impatient for Cassandra Clare’s new Shadowhunter trilogy a new paragraph was added to the synopsis on her website:

Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

Lady Midnight – the first book in the trilogy – does not have an official release date yet.

What do you think of the ultimatum? Sound off in the comments!

Cassandra Clare shares first ‘The Last Hours’ snippet

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The Last Hours – Cassandra Clare’s fourth series set in the Shadowhunter universe – is still a few years away, but nevertheless Cassie has released a first snippet on her tumblr:

Matthew held out his hands. “Pax,” he said, wheedlingly. “Let it be peace between us. You can pour the rest of the port on my head.”

James’ mouth curved up into a smile. It was impossible to stay angry with Matthew. It was almost impossible to get angry at Matthew.

Cassie also briefly talked about Matthew, Charlotte and Henry’s second son:

Lucie adores Matthew. He’s her brother’s parabatai. Everyone loves Matthew. He’s one of those people.

Cassandra Clare announces titles of ‘Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy’

While on her UK tour for City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare shared that she and some of her author friends will be writing short stories about Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments. During the London Q & A and our following interview, Cassie told us the tentative title and now she has taken to her tumblr to announce the 10 titles of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

I’m holding off also on saying too much about Academy until we nail down dates — it will be ten stories, like the Bane Chronicles, and like the Bane Chronicles will end up as a print book eventually. The stories cover Simon’s arrival at the Academy through to his Ascension Ceremony, but a lot of them also time-hop: back to 1830, 1893, 1900, to the time of the Circle and some switch perspectives. I’ll say more when we make the actual announcement but for now have the list of titles to play with!

1) Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy.

2) The Lost Herondale.

3) The Whitechapel Fiend.

4) Nothing But Shadows

5) The Evil We Love

6) Pale Kings and Princes

7) Bitter of Tongue

8) The Fiery Trial

9) Born to Endless Night

10) Angels Twice Descending

Judging from the tags on tumblr, Robin Wasserman will be joining Cassie, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan. Sarah reblogged the post and sneakily added: “did you see the clue“.

Futhermore, Cassie also briefly talked about The Secret Treasons, the graphic novel project about the Circle:

Well, TST is a big art project, so, it happens when it happens. I don’t know when it’ll be exactly.

Who is excited for Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and what do you think is the clue? Sound off in the comments!

The Magisterium awaits…

What a mysterious title, right? You have to ‘blame’ Random House Children’s Publishers UK for that.

They have launched an awesome game for all the fans that cannot wait to read The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black.

Visit http://randomhousechildrens.co.uk/magisterium/ for some magical fun (and that’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to spoil it for you)!

Magisterium game

From the website:
Think you know magic? Think again.
The Magisterium awaits…
During your time at the Magisterium, there will be five trials to complete – one for each school year. They will test your magical skill, your endurance and your ability to handle dark and dangerous situations. Complete them all and you will be entered into the Grand Prize Draw.

It begins with the Iron Trial . . .

This sounds so cool! Make sure to complete the first trial for a surprise and here’s what you need to know about the first book in the Magisterium series:

The Iron Trial

Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt.

Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician. And so he tries his best to do his worst – but fails at failing.

Now he must enter the Magisterium.

It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister. And Call realizes it has dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning. Call’s biggest test is still to come . . .

Who’s ready to meet Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara? ;-)

The Iron Trial will be published on September 9 (USA/Canada) and September 11 (UK).

 

Cassandra Clare on tour

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Cassandra Clare is a busy woman this year. After her City of Heavenly Fire tours in the States and the British Isles in May and June, she is going to visit Brasil and tour Europe with Holly Black to introduce The Iron Trial.

Confirmed places:

Sao Paulo (August 23/24, 3:30 pm): You can RSVP here or here.

Rio de Janeiro (August 25, 6 pm): RSVP here.

Amsterdam/the Netherlands (with Holly Black):

After my interview with Cassie, she told me that she’ll also come to Spain, Portugal and Germany.

If you know any other confirmed places, please leave a comment with a link.

 

 

 

Mark talks about his brothers and sisters in new ‘The Dark Artifices’ snippet

The Dark Artifices artIt’s a new week and we got a new The Dark Artifices snippet by Cassandra Clare.

In today’s snippet from Lady Midnight, Mark Blackthorn talks about his younger brothers and sisters:

Mark whirled on them. His eyes were blind, unseeing. “You bring the twins in front of me and you kill them over and over. My Ty, he doesn’t understand why I can’t save him. You bring me Dru and when she laughs to see the fairytale castle, all ringed round with hedges, you throw her against the thorns until their pierce her small body. And you bid me wash in Octavian’s blood for the blood of an innocent child is magic under the Hill.”

Cassie herself called the snippet ‘grimmish’ and also noted that “not all snippets make it into the finished work but they are parts of later drafts”.

It looks like Mark is confronting someone, maybe a faerie? What are your guesses? Sound off in the comments.

The Dark ArtificesLady Midnight will be released in 2015/16.

 

Exclusive: Cassandra Clare talks Simon short stories, ‘The Secret Treasons,’ ‘The Iron Trial’ + more

After Cassie’s London event on Saturday,  I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing her. Cassie took nearly 15 minutes of her time to talk about faeries, The Secret Treasons, Simon and her planned short stories with Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan.

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There are two spoilers for City of Heavenly Fire right at the end of the interview so do not read the last two questions and answers if you haven’t finished reading City of Heavenly Fire!

During your New York launch party, Holly said that you dislike writing about faeries and that it’s a really slow writing process. What’s really easy for you to write and what’s really fast?

I think the easiest thing for me to write of the Downworlders are probably the warlocks. I don’t know why I like them, I sort of relate to them. Writing Magnus is really easy and fun. I think the faeries are just difficult because they have this complicated way of talking and also they can’t lie so instead they twist the truth and so the incredibly complicated way they twist the truth around without actually lying is a lot of work. […] Holly’s really good at it, that’s the thing so I’m always like, “Oh God, I have no idea how to do this” [laughs] She always helps me out.

Can you tell us anything about The Secret Treasons [the graphic novel project about the Circle]?

It’s a big graphic novel/art project. It’s not like anything I’ve ever done before. I was approached by John Ney Rieber who did The Books of Magic with Neil Gaiman and he was just sort of saying, “I’m a big fan of the books and I really love them; I’d really love to see Valentine’s story one day, the story of the Circle” and I was like, “I don’t think – it’s probably not going to fit in my structure of series that I’m gonna do, but I would like to write about it and he basically said, “If you do an outline of what happened, then I can turn that outline into a graphic novel script so it’ll be like a co-project.” So I did an outline of “this is all the things that happened to all the characters and this is how their lives went. This is why they made the choices they did” and gave it to him and he’s turning it into a graphic novel script and Cassandra Jean, who we all know and love, is illustrating it because it’s being published by Yen Press who published the graphic novel adaptations of Infernal Devices so she’s done a lot of work for them before. So it just kind of came together that way.

Is it going to be published this year or next year?

Well, it’s hard to say. I’ve done my part of it so I’m waiting for John to turn around the graphic novel screenplay, like the first third and then we have to wait for Cassandra to be done with the graphic novel she is working on now and have the free time to do this so I’m hoping, I’m actually thinking that it’ll probably be next year, early next year.

The titles for Magisterium: The Iron Trial, The Copper Mask, The Cosmos Blade, The Golden Boy, The Enemy of Death, correct?

Yeah, but it might change. I don’t wanna commit myself to anything, especially knowing Holly. She always changes her book titles like six or seven times.

There’s a lot of diversity in your books, you’ve got a lot of characters that aren’t white. You’ve got Maia, Raphael and Magnus, have you ever encountered criticism because of that?

Yeah, sure. All the time. You get pushback, but the pushback comes often in strange ways. You definitely get these sort of “I don’t like this character, I don’t want to see the story be so much about this character” and you’re kind of like, “Well, could it be that you’re uncomfortable that this is a character of color?” And usually the pushback you get is people saying, “Absolutely not. That’s not the problem, I just don’t like them for some unspecified reason” and I’m like, “Well, you know, when you see this happen 300, 500, 600, a thousand times, “I just don’t like this character for some unspecified reason” and that character is always a character of color, you sort of start to see the pattern”. So I think that writers get held accountable for a lot of, you know, what we do in our books, for writing diversity properly, for being respectful, for being representative in a good way and we should be, but you also have to come to it with an open mind and it’s very difficult, I think, to do. We live in a society that really privileges the stories of white, straight, able-bodied people and so when you’re a reader and you’re coming to the stories, you’re kind of expecting that and when you get something different, it can be an adjustment. So we all need to work together to realize that these other stories are equally as important.

You’re often writing with your writer friends, Sarah, Holly, Maureen and the others. Are there scenes you have to write on your own without getting any immediate feedback from others?

Well, there’s definitely scenes that I write alone, because I can’t track any of my friends down or they’re all asleep or we’re not all together in the same place. I do most of the drafting of stuff on my own, I think most of us do, because you need to have enough in place to show to other people for them to get a sense of it to be able to give you useful critique. Like I said what there is of The Dark Artifices around a couple of weeks ago, but I had to have like thirty-five, forty thousand words before there was enough to bother to send it to Holly and Sarah and Kelly and everybody, because otherwise they’re gonna be, “Well, this a lot of piece of something and it looks like it could work out. We’re not so sure what you’re trying to do.” So you have to get enough together to really get good feedback.

A lot of your fans are aspiring writers; can you outline your research process before you actually start writing?

Well, it depends on whether I’m writing the present day books or the historical books. The historical books require a lot more research of a very specific kind so for people who want to write historical I would say try to treat it as a sort of immersion program as if you were learning another language. For me that was only reading books set in the Victorian era for half a year, only watching movies that were set in the Victorian era, only reading a ton of primary source material and that was a lot of work. For the modern day books it’s much more researching into mythology, demonology, angelology. […] For the last book I did a ton of research and just the mythology of the Wild Hunt. I always knew I wanted to bring them in, but I wanted to do a new twist on them so I think for that I would say that there’s a lot of really terrific resources, because almost all this stuff is public domain. These are myths, they’ve been around forever so there are huge databases online and in libraries of myths and fairy tales and stuff like that and I would say make the best use of those.

In The Iron Trial Callum and his friends are twelve and your Shadowhunters are 16 to 18. What’s easier to write: pre-teens or young adults?

For me young adults are easier. Holly really is the middle grade genius. We started the books and it took me a while to kind of get into the mindset of writing twelve and thirteen year olds and I got into it and I started to really love it. There’s something that’s a lot of fun about writing for that age group. They have different concerns than older teenagers. For the older teenagers there’s a lot more about romance and relationships and for the younger age there is a very specific importance that’s placed on friends and friendships so a lot of the emotional stuff that you would normally put into a romance you put into friends and friendship and best friends and the drama of that. I carried that over into City of Heavenly Fire when I was writing Emma and Julian. It was really a big help to have written Magisterium because I was able to write about Emma and Julian’s relationship and keep it kind of firmly in the friendship area, but still give it an enormous amount of emotional weight.

SPOILERS FOR CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE!

Simon and the last few chapters of City of Heavenly Fire. Why? Why did he have to lose his memories?

[laughs] Everybody thought he was gonna be for the chopping block so I thought that they would be pleased that all that happened was that he lost his memories.

But it is so sad because he doesn’t remember Clary, Isabelle -

I know. It is sad, it’s really sad. When you write a book about a big fight between good and evil, there has to be, the story really has to work – If good beats evil, they have to do it at a cost. There has to be a kind of a cost to everybody. The cost to Clary of losing Simon like that, the cost to Izzy of that, there’s a cost really to all of the characters in what happens. And the cost to Simon is losing his vampirism and his immortal life, but in a sense he never liked being a vampire. There is a running thread through the books of Raphael saying “You’re a terrible vampire, you don’t know how to be dead, you don’t wanna hang out with the other vampires, you just wanna hang out with the Shadowhunters” and he says he hates being a vampire. He never comes to like it. There is never a storyline where Simon comes around and is like, “Being a vampire is great!” […]

From the beginning I thought that by the end of this series, Simon is going to have to become a Shadowhunter, because that clearly is what he wants and where he is going, but it felt too easy just to have at the end everybody be like, “And we won the war and Simon’s a Shadowhunter! For some reason!”

So it had to be for him to sort of get the thing he really wants which is to be a Shadowhunter, to be parabatai with Clary, to able to really be with Isabelle, to have a life with her, to have kids. You know, to have all of those things, he has to give up being immortal and being a vampire and become a Shadowhunter, but he has to do it at a price. And that’s the price: losing his memories.

I’m so happy for him. I’m so much looking forward to The Dark Artifices when he’s hopefully going to be in it as a Shadowhunter, maybe married to Izzy or engaged or maybe just seriously dating her.

Well, we definitely are looking forward to writing – it’s [the short stories] tentatively called The Shadowhunter Academy [...] If Simon wants to Ascend and become a Shadowhunter, he gonna have to go to the Shadowhunter Academy and learn how to be a Shadowhunter and go through the training process. So the framework of the stories is, What’s it like for Simon to go through this training process and what does it mean for his relationship with Isabelle? What does it mean for his relationship with Clary? Are they gonna become parabatai? How is everybody else reacting to him becoming a Shadowhunter? How does he resolve things with his family? That’s the framework of the story and then we also get some peeks into the backstory of the Academy, because it’s been there for hundreds of years. We get to see James and Matthew. We get to see other characters pop up again that we maybe not expect to see again –

Ragnor, Ragnor!

[laughs]

[Sarah Rees Brennan] We do have an idea for putting Ragnor in.

[Cassie] Ragnor is very likely to make an appearance –

[Sarah] There’s a lot of Catarina Loss. She’s being very helpful.

[Cassie] Yeah, there’s a young Will and Tessa and Jem go up against Jack the Ripper, it’s gonna be fun.

Jocelyn and Luke, they’re now married. What’s Jocelyn’s surname and did Luke officially adopt Clary?

[laughs] Luke officially adopted Clary and since Luke’s last name is just a made-up name anyway and Jocelyn wouldn’t really want to have a Shadowhunter last name, she just kept Fray.

A very big thank you to Cassie for another great interview and I’d also like to thank Jill Kidson and Paul Black from Walker Books for arranging everything.

Are you excited for The Shadowhunter Academy? Sound off in the comments!

 

Recap of ‘A morning with Cassandra Clare’ in London

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On June 7, Shadowhunters from England but also Central Europe traveled to London to see Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Despite the rain, Cassie’s fans gathered in front of Prince Charles Cinema close to Leicester Square long before the event started at a little past 11 am.

Cassie and Sarah both looked fabulous and first took a selfie with the crowd.

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From @WalkerBooksUK

As usual they both knew how to entertain the fans and kicked the event off with reading Magnus’s voicemails to a rapt audience. After that it was time for the Q & A where lots of cool and exciting things were revealed. I’ve picked out the most interesting parts, for example news about the Simon short stories and the City of Ashes movie. If you want to read the whole Q & A  then head to our friends from Page to Premiere.

BEWARE OF CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE SPOILERS!

Q: In your description for your new trilogy of books, you said that Emma was the best Shadowhunter since Jace, what does that mean exactly? Does Jace somehow become a much worse Shadowhunter?

Cassie: Yes, Jace just starts to suck, he’s terrible. Actually, hilariously, that was a piece of ad copy that was written by my publisher. I gave them a general overall description of what the book was like and they wrote that bit about her being the best fighter since Jace. […]

I had written that Emma looked up to Jace and wanted to be like him and that she wanted to be the pre-emptive Shadowhunter of her generation. Like Jace had been the pre-emptive Shadowhunter of his generation and probably still is. But they’re different generations; all it means is that she looks up to him and she wants to be like him. She wants to be the toughest and she wants to be the bravest and she wants to kill the most demons. […] It was never meant to be a dark portent of Jace’s future and he doesn’t actually get any worse at Shadowhunting.

In the end of City of Heavenly Fire Magnus writes or gives Alec a book with all his bits and bobs in, I was wondering if that was any link to The Bane Chronicles?

So yes, Magnus does give Alec a book in City of Heavenly Fire, I don’t think that this is that big of a spoiler. He says, “This is the story of my life” and it is supposed to be The Bane Chronicles, so it’s like a book within a book. It’s a nod to The Bane Chronicles if you’ve read them, if not it still has the same meaning, that he has finally decided that Alec should know the whole story of his life and you know the important things that happened to him.

Was City of Heavenly Fire always going to be that ending? Or did you plan for an alternative ending?

No, it was definitely always going to be that ending, I had planned for that since the beginning. I won’t say as far back as City of Bones because when I wrote City of Bones I thought I was writing a trilogy and then a series of spin offs and it turned into a trilogy and a second half of a trilogy. But from the minute that I wrote out what was going to happen in City of Fallen Angels, Lost Souls and Heavenly Fire, that was what was going to happen, it stuck pretty exactly to the plan. I don’t think there were any major deviations at all. […] I changed some details, but I’d say that I always know where I start and always know where I’m gonna end up.

As a massive fan I was just wondering when filming is going to start for City of Ashes? Do you know if Jamie will still be playing Jace? [From Page to Premiere because my memory card was full]

I don’t know, I would think so. I would personally be surprised if they didn’t have him. They had to completely redo the entire screenplay, which takes a long time but believe me you wanted that screenplay redone! I will tell you one thing that is, Clary split into 2 people that both looked like her and had a shovel fight with one another. (Sarah Brennan) Oh and of course Magnus running for mayor of New York. (Cassie) I thought you liked when Jace rode the mermaid! The cast was never the issue, the script was the issue but I have been told that I would hear from them in the next couple of weeks! I mean he (Magnus) would make a great mayor in principle but a race of peoples entire reason for being is to hide themselves from Mundanes, probably running for mayor isn’t a good idea.

What do you miss most about The Mortal Instruments and will the characters from The Mortal Instruments be in other books?

I miss writing about the characters from The Mortal Instruments, definitely. I feel like their story has come to an end. There’s sadness about saying goodbye to them while they’re still evolving and changing. Certainly the surviving characters from Mortal Instruments will appear in The Dark Artifices so they’ll be in their twenties cause The Dark Artifices is taking place about five or 6 years later so we’ll get to see people getting married, having kids, getting jobs. While I’m sad to say goodbye to their teenage selves I’m excited to interact with their adult selves.

I’ve got a question about Simon. At one of the previous events you said you were going to write short stories about Simon, are they going to be like The Bane Chronicles? Are there any plans yet? Obviously you can’t tell us the plot, but are there any plans on how the short stories are going to be published? [As a Simon fan I was obligated to ask this]

They’re going to be like The Bane Chronicles. Same authors, so we really missed doing The Bane Chronicles and we loved it and we actually had an idea to do a second round of them. […] It’s not like The Bane Chronicles in that it focuses solely on Simon because Simon hasn’t lived for four hundred years, he’s got less vast historical experiences. It’s such an enormous spoiler that I’m having a hard time describing it. He would definitely be the main character/narrator figure, but then it also delves into Shadowhunter history. It involves stories about Will and Tessa, it involves stories about their kids, it involves stories about Emma and Julian, about Jace and Clary. It involves a certain story about a certain character’s stag night whose getting married and Simon is invited – (Sarah) Simon’s the organizer – and it’s like the worst stag party ever! (Sarah) Whereas somebody organizes the best hen night!
(Cassie) We’re very excited about doing it. Hopefully we’ll be able to put the details out soon, we’re holding off because they are spoilery for City of Heavenly Fire. It would be 10 stories, each story online and then made into a book and sold in a different version.
(Sarah) He really is the Mortal Instruments character with the most unfinished business.

I have a question about the Iron Sisters, are we gonna have a bit more about them?

Well, we do see a lot about the Silent Brothers because they are allowed to come out and mix with the Shadowhunters. They are the healers, they’re the archivists and the Iron Sisters specifically stay in the bound citadel. They don’t come out, only except they can have a visit from a Shadowhunter if it’s a woman. So you don’t see them much, because they don’t get out much. But they’re really interesting to me and we’ll definitely see more of them. They’re more important in The Last Hours and also there is a moment in City of Heavenly Fire where Luke says his mother was an Iron Sister and that’s important later.

After the Q & A, Cassie and Sarah signed books (and also faces) before I sat down with Cassie for an exclusive interview which will be online shortly.

Thank you to Walker Books and Waterstones for once again hosting such a fantastic event!

 

 

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